Canadian TV Faces Program Cuts

In Canada, the government subsidizes the production of many of the nation’s most popular television programs. Producers must apply to the government for the funding, and any program which is not granted funding is much less likely ever to make it to the small screen. Now, a new round of budget cuts may mean that several popular existing TV shows may wind up unfunded in the next year, seriously jeopardizing future production. Thought to be on the hypothetical chopping block are such programs as the biting satire This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and rural send-up The Red Green Show, which has also found a large audience in the U.S.